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Thursday, April 28, 2005
LiteON vs LG

1. LG GDR8163B

LG is one of the largest participants in the optical storage industry. LG has the biggest market share in many countries and usually, its burners are well tuned and with unique features. In November 2000, Hitachi and LG formed a new joint venture to manufacture optical storage drives under the name "HL-DS".

"...Based on the cutting-edge development technology of Hitachi Ltd. and the advanced mass production technology and high-level marketing performance of LG Electronics Inc., we have been succeeding in creating technical synergy effect and is one of the leading company of the world in optical storage drive industry. "

is a joint company consisting of Hitachi, Ltd. and LG Electronics, Inc., which started business in January of 2001. We develop and sell optical data storage disc drives for PC OEM and keep top share in the world. Our main products are DVD writable drives, DVD-ROM drives, CD-RW drives, CD-ROM drives and its combination drives. Development sites are located in Tokyo (Japan) and in Pyungtaik (Korea)."

Company Profile

Company Name : Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
Established : November 22, 2000 (business started on January 1, 2001)
Head office Location : 4F MSC Center Building
22-23 Kaigan 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0022 Japan
Phone : +81-3-5427-8600
Representative Director, CEO : Kazuya Hori
Capital Stock : JPY 1,500M

"Since the establishment of the company, we' ve handled a wide range of optical storage drive products including DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combination, DVD-ROM, CD-RW and CD-ROM drives. Recently, we' ve developed the world's first Super Multi Drive which supports all DVD write formats. HLDS tries to be the first in supplying the consumer with the products that they desire..."

We received the latest DVD-ROM from LG, capable of 16X reading speed for the DVD-ROM and 52X for the CD-ROM formats. The full specifications for this drive are summarized below:

- Specifications

Read Speed (DVD) Max 16x
Read Speed (CD) Max 52x
Data Transfer Rate (DVD) Max 22,100KB/s
Data Transfer Rate (CD) Max 7,800KB/s
Access Time (CD) 98msec
Access Time (DVD) 110msec
Buffer Size 256KB
Loading Type Motorized Tray
Interface Type Internal E-IDE / ATAPI / ULTRA DMA 33
Compatible Formats Write CD-R/RW
Compatible Formats Read DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM Mode 1,2, CD-DA, CD-I FMV, CD-ROM XA, Mixed CD, CD Extra, CD Plus, CD Text, Photo-CD, Video CD
Dimensions - (W×D×H) 146mm x 184.6mm x 41.3mm
Weight 780g
O/S Window 95, 98, 2K,ME,NT4.0 or later,XP

The drive also uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. This is however something which can be changed! In the following pages, you'll learn how ;-)

- The package

We received the drive out of the box so we cannot confirm what the package does and doesn't include.

On the front panel there are the DVD-ROM and the compact disc logos, while the LG brand name is in the center of the tray. The activity indicator light is located left of center and the emergency eject hole right of center. On the far right is the eject button.

On the rear panel you can see the analogue and digital outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector and the power input.

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. You can click on the mainboard picture for a higher resolution image:

- Installation

The drive was installed as secondary master and WindowsXP recognized it as "HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8163B ". The drive arrived with firmware vOL23.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.75
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v3.00
  5. DVD Decrypter 3.5.4.0
  6. DVDInfoPro v3.51




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